In July, New York mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that the city’s weekly demand for hotel rooms had reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic, rising 3.5 percent over the previous week. That’s especially good news for this market, which was severely hit by the March 2020 shutdown of travel in the wake of COVID-19.
Demand is not the only bright spot for putting a shine back on the Big Apple’s hotel scene. According to research from STR, the hospitality data analysts, New York is far and away the most active hotel construction market in the country, with almost 18,000 new rooms underway on its way to adding a projected 22,000 before the end of the year.
With the US opening up to international travelers in November, airlines are reporting record numbers of bookings for North America, with many destined to spend at least some time in New York – and the city’s hoteliers are counting on the fact that all those visitors will need beds. Here’s an overview of some of the properties that have opened in the past several years, and even others that are in the pipeline now.
Moxy East Village
In the space of a few years, Marriott International’s millennial Moxy brand went from opening its first New York hotel in Times Square to having more than 1,200 rooms on Manhattan across three properties, with additions Downtown (298 rooms) and in Chelsea (349 rooms).
In 2019, it continued with a 286-room hotel in the East Village, each floor drawing inspiration from the surrounding area’s history. Rooms pack a lot into their footprints, and food and drink options include a rooftop bar and a French-Mediterranean restaurant. Moxy properties on the Lower East Side and in Williamsburg have topped out and are set to open in late 2022. moxy-hotels.marriott.com
Renaissance Chelsea Hotel
Last year, Marriott also added the Renaissance Chelsea in a new 39-story tower on West 25th Street with 341 rooms and suites. On the site of a former flea market, it’s the brand’s third Manhattan hotel, and the fifth in the New York City area. Art is a major theme, with video projections in the hallways and a two-story installation featuring more than 2,000 antique knobs, locks and keys.
Restaurant Cotto serves Italian food, while the top two floors house Somewhere Nowhere, a rooftop lounge and bar with outdoor pool. Another Renaissance property is scheduled for a March 2022 opening in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, adding 208 more rooms to the brand’s New York portfolio. renaissance-hotels.marriott.com
An office conversion two blocks from the World Trade Center, the Artezen opened in 2019. Its 89 rooms are decked out in a contemporary mix of grays, whites, blues and tan leather, and some have terraces. Its two-story lounge at the top of the building is rumored to be opening by the holidays. artezenhotel.com
TWA Hotel at JFK AIRPORT
The historic 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center at JFK airport has begun its new life as part of the TWA Hotel, flanked by two wings containing 512 rooms with mid-century furniture. The former terminal has restaurants and lounges, and the 1958 Lockheed Constellation aircraft outside houses a vintage cocktail bar. The observation deck has a pool for plane watching. twahotel.com
Hotel Hendricks is a few blocks from Bryant Park and part of the Fortuna Collection, which includes Hotel Hugo in Soho. Interiors in the 176 rooms mix mahogany paneling with bursts of animal print. Restaurant Paloma serves pan-Latin cuisine, while above, two rooftop bars offer views Downtown towards One World Trade Center. hotelhendricksny.com
Hyatt Place Times Square
At the end of 2019, Hyatt cut the ribbon on Hyatt Place Times Square, its second property for its upscale select service brand in Manhattan and its largest worldwide. In addition to its 520 contemporary guestrooms, there is The Market, which offers all-day dining plus sandwiches and salads to go, the Breakfast Bar for daily hot breakfast, The Bar serving hot drinks, wines and cocktails, as well as event space and a fitness center. hyattplace.com
Conrad New York Midtown
Taking over what was the London NYC, Hilton’s Conrad Hotels opened its second Manhattan property on West 54th Street after a full renovation. There are 562 suites in the 54-floor hotel, starting at a spacious 500 square feet all the way through to a 3,000 square-foot two-story penthouse. All-day dining is available at Dabble.
Equinox Hotel New York
The first hotel for this high-end fitness chain is part of Hudson Yards, the largest development in New York since the Rockefeller Center. The 212 rooms and 48 suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and are designed to be “dark, cool respites” to optimize rest for the guest.
There is a 60,000-square-foot Equinox club with both indoor and outdoor pools that guests can access, as well as restaurants Electric Lemon and Broken Coconut. Equinox is also looking to open in Los Angeles in the first quarter of 2022.
Pestana Park Avenue
Portuguese hotel group Pestana has opened its 100th property, and its first in New York, on East 39th Street, near the Empire State Building. The property offers 94 rooms across 27 floors, including a limited number with balconies and two junior suites. A 24-hour Grab and Go in the lobby offers healthy snacks and meals. pestana.com
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park
The Ritz-Carlton Central Park has undergone a year’s worth of renovations, tackling all rooms and suites, as well as the public spaces. An all-day “gastro lounge” occupies the ground floor, while the mezzanine is dedicated to wellness with a fitness center and studio.
The renovations added two suites, one dubbed the Presidential and the other the Royal, taking the room count to 253 in total. Being right on Central Park South, many of the rooms and suites have views of the park, with in-room telescopes by the windows. ritzcarlton.com
The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel
Towering over the corner of Madison Avenue and 76th Street on the Upper East Side, The Carlyle completed a refurbishment of its rooms and suites just in time for its 90th anniversary in November 2020. In May of this year, the landmark hotel reopened its famed Bemelmans Bar, and in October, the main restaurant, now known as Dowling’s at the Carlyle, relaunched with a new menu reminiscent of Manhattan’s fine dining traditions of the 1930s and 40s. rosewoodhotels.com
Hyatt Centric 39th and Fifth New York
Hyatt will open a 162-room Hyatt Centric on 39th St. and Fifth Avenue. One of its six suites comes with a private balcony with views of the Empire State Building; there is also a restaurant and rooftop lounge and bar. hyattcentric.com
Six Senses New York
Set to open in 2022, Six Senses will add another temple to health and wellness on Manhattan’s West Side, about ten blocks south of Equinox Hotel. Set inside the twisting XI towers designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, the hotel will feature 136 rooms – dressed in neutrals and natural materials – spread across ten floors, as well as private residences.
A restaurant and café with an outdoor terrace connect to the High Line elevated park, while a 45,000 sq. ft. spa will have such essentials as a vibroacoustic meditation dome and magnesium pool. sixsenses.com